Revelers surged toward the stage on Friday just after 9pm while Travis Scott was performing in Houston

Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston Leaves 8 Dead – At least eight die and hundreds more ‘as young as ten’ are injured when 50,000-strong crowd surges towards stage as rapper Travis Scott performs at sold-out Astroworld Festival with girlfriend Kylie Jenner looking on

  • Eight people are dead and ‘hundreds’ more injured after a crush and stampede at Astroworld Festival in Texas
  • Revellers surged toward the stage on Friday just after 9pm while Travis Scott was performing in Houston
  • Seventeen people were taken to hospitals, with 11 of those in cardiac arrest, KHOU 11 News Houston reported
  • A crowd of 50,000 showed up for the two-day event after it was cancelled last year due to Covid
  • But Friday night’s show was called off after chaos broke out, and the second day has been scrapped

At least eight people have died and hundreds more injured after thousands of revelers surged towards the stage at rapper Travis Scott’s sold-out Astroworld Festival in Texas.

An estimated 50,000 people showed up for the two-day event, which was cancelled last year due to Covid. But Friday night’s show was called off after chaos broke out just after 9pm local time, and the music festival’s second day has now been scrapped.

Thousands of festivalgoers surged towards the stage while Scott was performing at NRG Park in Houston, leading to a crush. The rapper’s girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, was also watching his set alongside the pair’s three-year-old daughter Stormi.

However, a video Jenner shared to her Instagram story panning the crowd indicated that she was not near the front. The 24-year-old billionaire has since been slammed for the footage, which showed an emergency vehicle in the middle of the crowd.

There was no suggestion that Jenner – who is pregnant with her and Travis’s second child – or Stormi were injured.

Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival in Houston Leaves 8 Dead
Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston Leaves 8 Dead

Travis Scott stopped multiple times during his 75-minute performance when he spotted fans in distress near the front of the stage and videos posted to social media captured the rap star asking security for help

Harrowing footage on social media showed paramedics performing CPR on several people on the floor in the crowd. Seventeen people were taken to hospitals, with 11 of those in cardiac arrest, while others were treated at a field hospital in the park.

It is feared that hundreds, including children as young as 10, were injured. Officials in Texas confirmed eight people were killed but insisted that the cause of death was unknown and urged people not to ‘speculate’ about the chain of events that sparked the tragedy.

‘We had at least eight confirmed fatalities tonight and scores of individuals that were injured,’ Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said.

‘The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries. People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic.’

In a disturbing livestream of the concert posted to Instagram people in the crowd can be heard screaming: ‘Help! Help me up Trav!’

And in another video posted to Twitter Scott halted the performance and said: ‘Security. Somebody help, jump in real quick.’

The rap star reportedly stopped multiple times during his 75-minute performance when he spotted fans in distress near the front of the stage.

 

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The bass continued to rumble as he continued: ‘Somebody jump in. C’mon c’mon.’

While it’s unclear whether security was able to assist in time more footage posted to social media showed fans begging the concert staff to halt the show.

‘People are f***ing dying, I want to save somebody’s life,’ a man said as he climbed on a platform where videographers were filming.

‘That’s somebody’s kid! I want to save them!’ he screamed.

Another clip showed the same man climbing up towards the cameraman joined by a woman pleading with the staff member to stop the concert.

Although inaudible, the cameraman was evidently trying to shoo the revelers off the platform and back into the crowd.

In yet another graphic video an unconscious young man was surrounded by Houston police officers who guided him onto the ground. They rolled the man onto his side while shining lights into his eyes.

Scott was seen in the background as he continued to perform from a platform feet above the crowd.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said of the tragic night: ‘I think it’s very important that none of us speculate. Nobody has all the answers tonight. If you don’t have facts, if you don’t have evidence, I’m not going to speak against that. We have hurting families out here.’

The deadly surge was the most deaths at a US concert since the 2003 Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people in Rhode Island.

Eleven people died and about two dozen were injured in 1979 at a concert for The Who as thousands of fans tried to get into Cincinnati’s riverfront coliseum.

Officials were seen giving CPR to an Astroworld attendee late Friday night

Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival in Houston Leaves 8 Dead
Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston Leaves 8 Dead

Multiple ambulances and other personnel were seen at NRG Park on Friday

An ambulance is seen in the crowd during the Astroworld music festiwal in Houston

An ambulance is seen in the crowd during the Astroworld music festiwal in Houston

Travis Scott performing onstage during the third annual Astroworld Festival at NRG Park in Houston, Texas on November 5, 2021

Travis Scott performing onstage during the third annual Astroworld Festival at NRG Park in Houston, Texas on November 5, 2021

Travis Scott performing onstage during the third annual Astroworld Festival at NRG Park in Houston, Texas on November 5, 2021

Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on November 5, 2021

Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on November 5, 2021

Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park

Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park

 

Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite said: ‘It happened all at once.

‘It seemed like it just happened… over the course of just a few minutes. Suddenly we had several people down on the ground, experiencing some type of cardiac arrest or some type of medical episode.

Astroworld organizers canceled the rest of the festival, scheduled to continue on Saturday.

‘Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival family tonight – especially those we lost and their loved ones,’ they said on the event’s Instagram page. ‘We are focused on supporting local officials’.

Hours earlier Drake joined Scott on-stage – which was live-streamed by Apple Music – and posted photos to Instagram after the performance.

Scott’s girlfriend Kylie Jenner and their daughter Stormi Webster watched the rapper perform in front of the huge crowd at his Astroworld festival.

Other short videos and pictures Jenner shared to her Instagram story included a special trailer with Stormi’s name affixed to the door.

The three-year-old joined her mother in the crowd in another video that showed Scott’s high-energy performance, featuring incredible pyrotechnics. They were not near the stage and there is no suggestion that either of them were injured.

The Houston Chronicle quoted Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo as calling it an ‘extremely tragic night.’

A handout photo made available by the Houston Fire Department showing Chief Samuel Pena and Harris County leaders briefing the media in regards to a stampede on the opening night of a music festival in Houston

A handout photo made available by the Houston Fire Department showing Chief Samuel Pena and Harris County leaders briefing the media in regards to a stampede on the opening night of a music festival in Houston

Jenner and Scott's three-year-old daughter Stormi joined her mother in the crowd in another video that showed the rapper's high-energy performance. They were not near the front and there is no suggestion either of them were hurt

Jenner illustrated Stormi's VIP experience by snapping a photo of her trailer.  They were not near the front of the crowd and there is no suggestion either of them were hurt

Left: Jenner and Scott’s three-year-old daughter Stormi joined her mother in the crowd in another video that showed the rapper’s high-energy performance. They were not near the front and there is no suggestion either of them were hurt. Right: Jenner illustrated Stormi’s VIP experience by snapping a photo of her trailer

Astroworld is rapper Travis Scott’s sold-out music festival featuring numerous acts

A stampede broke out earlier in the day as people burst through the gates at NRG Park

A stampede broke out earlier in the day as people burst through the gates at NRG Park

Some people were trampled in the chaos, but the stampede does not appear to be related to the multiple injuries related Friday night

Some people were trampled in the chaos, but the stampede does not appear to be related to the multiple injuries related Friday night

SZA performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday

SZA performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday

A medical examiner will investigate the cause of death at the festival. The deceased had not been identified as of early Saturday.

Officials set up a reunification centre at a hotel for family members who had not been able to reach relatives in attendance at the festival. The Houston Fire Department earlier said in a tweet that it was on scene after receiving reports of multiple civilian injuries.

Astroworld is rapper Scott’s music festival and is being attended by a host of celebrities, including Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner. Tickets sold for $180 for general admission and $490 for ‘stargazer’ tickets.

Footage from NRG park circulating on social media showed scores of people rushing the gates with security at the gates unable to contain the flow.

Several people could be seen falling over, bringing down the metal detectors at the arena entrance but it is unclear if that incident was linked to the deaths.

However, authorities said more than 300 people were injured throughout the day at the event, including those with minor scrapes and bruises.

An ABC News reporter from Houston’s local affiliate, Mycah Hatfield, had reported via Twitter that chaos ensued during day one of the festival as soon as doors opened at 2 p.m.

‘A stampede burst through the gates. Hundreds of people destroyed the VIP security entrance, bypassing the checkpoint. People were trampled. Some were detained,’ she wrote of the scene at NRG Park.

One person who was detained by security told ABC13: ‘I just really wanted to be inside the festival so bad.’

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Last Updated on November 6, 2021 by 247 News Around The World

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